As we wrote a few weeks ago, the G20 has a long-standing history of support to inclusive business. Under the German G20 Presidency, a one-day policy dialogue on 5 May 2017 in Berlin continued the ongoing work around the role of governments in proactively promoting inclusive business policies by engaging the private sector to accelerate the pace of addressing poverty, while creating opportunities to address social and environmental challenges and in the process aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The aim of the conference was to build upon the G20 Inclusive Business Framework and previous workshops that were held during the G20 Turkish and Chinese Presidencies and continue to advance inclusive business policies through ongoing peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange by establishing new alliances with concrete action plans and agree on follow-up support.
In Berlin, 76 delegates from academia, business, civil society, donor and finance institutions, governments, intermediary and multilateral organizations from 25 different countries attended the policy dialogue. Government representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Turkey, UK, Vietnam and the EU brought their experiences into the discussion on how to foster an enabling environment for inclusive business.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) was represented by Filippo Veglio, Managing Director, Social Capital and by Davide Fiedler, Manager, Social Impact. Filippo Veglio participated in a panel discussion focused on how inclusive business solutions can deliver both business and societal value, in full alignment with the SDGs.
The conference was organized by the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) alongside the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Finance Corporation (IFC). The organizers jointly committed to supporting the Argentinian G20 presidency in 2018, if requested, to broaden the inclusive business community and to bring in more countries, and to translate the dialogue into action in the follow-up to the conference.